Kenn Borek Air

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Kenn Borek Air
Kenn Borek Air logo.jpg
IATA ICAO Callsign
HubsCalgary International Airport
Fleet size43
Parent companyKenn Borek Air Ltd.
HeadquartersCalgary, Alberta
Key peopleBrian Crocker, Operations Manager
Wallace Dobchuk, Chief Pilot

Kenn Borek Air is an airline based in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. It operates regional passenger and cargo services, contract operations in the Arctic and Antarctic and aircraft leasing. Its main base is at Calgary International Airport.[2] It charters aircraft for scientific expeditions, oil exploration, etc., and operates air ambulance services.


The airline began operations in 1970 with a de Havilland Canada DHC-6 Twin Otter providing air support for oil exploration activities in the Canadian Arctic. The company has been operating in Antarctica since 1985.[3]

On 26 April 2001, Kenn Borek Air used a DHC-6 Twin Otter aircraft to rescue Dr. Ron Shemenski from the Amundsen–Scott South Pole Station.[3][4][5][6] This was the first ever rescue from the South Pole during polar winter.[7] To achieve the range necessary for this flight, the Twin Otter was equipped with a special ferry tank.

In 2009, the company was commissioned to recover a crashed aircraft in the Antarctic, and employees spent 25 days in a makeshift camp to complete the project.[3]

The airline was used by the BBC during the filming of the documentary Frozen Planet (2011), which was narrated by David Attenborough, and one of its planes is seen in portions of the footage.

In June 2016 the company assisted in removing two sick workers from Antarctica during the polar winter. Two Twin Otter aircraft were used and successfully completed the mission.[8] The crew, Capt. Wally Dobchuk, first officer Sebastian Trudel and maintenance engineer Michael McCrae were honoured for their heroism by Aviation Week.[9]


Kenn Borek Air offers a full service overhaul maintenance hangar in Calgary with routine maintenance being completed wherever the aircraft is located.


As of January 2009, Kenn Borek Air operates services to the following domestic scheduled destinations in Nunavut as Unaalik Aviation:[10]

Kenn Borek also operates services to several communities in the Northwest Territories as Aklak Air:


Loading at Cambridge Bay

As of August 2016, the Kenn Borek Air has 36 aircraft registered that are equipped with wheels, floats, and skis.

Kenn Borek Fleet
Aircraft No. of Aircraft
(TC list)[11]
Basler BT-67 9 DC-3C
Beechcraft 90 1 C90
Beechcraft 200 4 200, 200GT
Raytheon Beech 1900 2 1900D
de Havilland Canada DHC-6 Twin Otter 20 (as of August 2017)[12] 100,300, 400

Accidents and incidents[edit]


  1. ^ TP143 - Air Traffic Designators
  2. ^ "Directory: World Airlines". Flight International. 3 April 2007. p. 100.
  3. ^ a b c d Canadian Press (23 January 2013). "Bad weather hampers search for 3 Canadians on plane missing in Antarctica". Global News. Retrieved 23 January 2013.
  4. ^ a b c CTV News (23 January 2013). "Kenn Borek plane carrying three Canadians missing in Antarctica". CTV. Retrieved 23 January 2013.
  5. ^ Bob Antol (April 2001). "The Rescue of Dr. Ron Shemenski from the South Pole". Bob Antol's Polar Journals. Retrieved 23 January 2013.
  6. ^ "Doctor rescued from Antarctica safely in Chile". New Zealand Herald. 27 April 2001. Retrieved 23 January 2013.
  7. ^ TRANSCRIPT (26 April 2001). "Plane With Dr. Shemenski Arrives in Chile". CNN. Retrieved 23 January 2013.
  8. ^ "Kenn Borek rescue mission evacuates pair to Chile from South Pole". CBC News. 22 June 2016.
  9. ^ Jen DiMascio (3 March 2017). "Kenn Borek Air Crew Wins 2017 Laureate for Heroism". Aviation Week & Space Technology.
  10. ^ KBA flight schedule
  11. ^ Aircraft registered to Kenn Borek Air according to Transport Canada, search "Kenn Borek" on last search field, Owner Name
  12. ^ "Global Airline Guide 2017 (Part One)". Airliner World (October 2017): 8. |access-date= requires |url= (help)
  13. ^ "C-FIQR Accident description". Aviation Safety Network. Retrieved 4 August 2010.
  14. ^ "C-FCRW Accident description". Aviation Safety Network. Retrieved 1 August 2010.
  15. ^ Flight International, 31 July 1982, p267 Retrieved on 23 July 2010.
  16. ^ "C-FQHF Accident report". Aviation Safety Network. Retrieved 9 July 2010.
  17. ^ "C-FMKB Accident description". Aviation Safety Network. Retrieved 21 June 2010.
  18. ^ "ANC08TA028". National Transportation Safety Board. Retrieved 22 June 2010.
  19. ^ "Northern Alta. plane crash kills 1". Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. 25 October 2010. Retrieved 14 March 2010.
  20. ^ "Hull-loss description". Aviation Safety Network. Retrieved 12 November 2010.
  21. ^ "Aircraft Missing in Antarctica". Retrieved 23 January 2013.
  22. ^ Radio-Canada (23 January 2013). "Un avion transportant trois Canadiens est disparu en Antarctique" (in French). Station Radio-Canada. Retrieved 23 January 2013.
  23. ^ a b "23 JAN 2013". Aviation Safety Network. 24 January 2013. Retrieved 25 January 2013.
  24. ^ Associated Press (23 January 2013). "Flight carrying 3 Canadians missing in Antarctica". New Straits Times. Retrieved 23 January 2013.
  25. ^ CTV News (26 January 2013). "Wreckage of missing plane found, crash deemed 'not survivable'". CTV News. Retrieved 26 January 2013.

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